CLOSING ARGUMENTS START IN ROSEANNE LAWSUIT
LOS ANGELES — Closing arguments got under way late Thursday in the Roseanne trial, but not before a judge tossed out a number of charges and countercharges.
Saying the case was “overclaimed,” Federal Judge Harry L. Hupp dismissed charges of fraud claimed by TV star Roseanne and actor Tom Arnold, her ex-husband, and similar countercharges by apparel manufacturer Stanley Warner, head of CelebSales.
The dispute centers on a licensing pact between Warner and the couple that called for him to pay Roseanne and Arnold $1 million in royalties that would have come from a large-size line bearing her name.
Warner made the first $250,000 payment but refused to make a second one because of what he called adverse publicity and a lack of cooperation. Roseanne and Arnold charged Warner with breach of contract, and he, in turn, filed a countersuit asking for $24 million plus punitive damages.
Hupp told the jury to focus on the issue of whether Warner’s refusal to pay the $250,000 is justified because Arnold Fashion Ltd. — the name of the company formed by Roseanne and Arnold — breached the contract by refusing to approve a proposal Warner submitted in January 1994.